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FCC Ignite fuels excitement among youth

  • Oct 15, 2018
 ignite: FCC Young Farmer Summit

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) will ignite passion and enthusiasm for Canadian agriculture among young people through a series of events that explore the industry’s present and future possibilities.

“Agriculture is a dynamic and growing industry that holds so much potential now and into the future,” said Michael Hoffort, FCC president and CEO, in announcing a series of 11 free events across Canada aimed at attracting and engaging the next generation of farmers, agri-food and agribusiness entrepreneurs. “There is a wide variety of career possibilities in Canada's agriculture and agri-food industry and the future has never looked brighter for anyone who is interested in venturing down that path and for those already in the industry realizing their dreams.”

Ignite, the FCC Young Farmer Summit is for people under age 40 who are either working in the industry or pursuing a career in agriculture through education. Ignite is a forum for outstanding speakers to share their knowledge and common love for the industry. It’s an opportunity for young people to connect, become inspired and exposed to new perspectives in agriculture.

In the coming months, FCC Ignite will feature presentations from: Dr. Tom Deans, intergenerational wealth expert; Tonia Jahshan, founder and president of Steeped Tea Inc.; Stuart Knight, entrepreneur, author and producer; Jean-François Ménard, mental performance coach and speaker; Ramona Pringle, assistant professor at RTA School of Media, educator and researcher; and Dr. Georges Sabongui, psychologist and stress expert, inspirational speaker and author.

The FCC Ignite events will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

November 14: Lévis, Québec March 9: Moncton, New Brunswick
November 21: Kitchener, Ontario March 14: Winnipeg, Manitoba
November 28: Camrose, Alberta March 21: Langley, British Columbia
December 1: Port Perry, Ontario March 28: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
February 6: Lethbridge, Alberta April 3: Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
February 12: Chatham, Ontario

For more details on each event, visit:

FCC Ignite events complement one FCC Ag Outlook and 68 Ag Knowledge Exchange sessions that are taking place across the country this fall and winter. Participants can register online at or by calling 1-888-332-3301. People are encouraged to sign up early to reserve their spot as these events fill up quickly.

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $33 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and its role in feeding an ever-growing world. We provide flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and agri-food industry. As a self-sustaining Crown corporation, our profits are reinvested back into the agriculture and food industry we serve and the communities where our customers and employees live and work while providing an appropriate return to our shareholder. Visit or follow us on FacebookLinkedIn, and on Twitter.

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For more information, photos, graphs or interviews, contact:

Éva Larouche (bilingual)
Corporate Communication
Farm Credit Canada